The first few days of school have been great for both kids. I thought it would be, but since they always seem to be ready to surprise us, I tried to expect the unexpected. The first day I had time to myself, in a house full of quiet, and time to do whatever it was I wanted, I literally had butterflies in my stomach. I did! I realized that I have probably not been alone in our home, without children, for more than a couple hours at a time in a very long time. That realization actually made me unable to find something more productive to do than piddle around, straightening toys and repairing a lego spaceship that needed rebuilding. I'm sure that will change. Please don't misunderstand me here, part of the beauty of having this time to myself, at least in my eyes, is that I am fully recharged and ready for them when they are done with their school day. I love seeing their faces when their school day is done.
Transition to Kindergarten in our house is a process, and its just barely begun. I remember Emma and her unexplained tantrums...a lunchbox full of uneaten food in her lap at pickup time (requiring lots of discussions about the need for brain food)...crashing hard, mid-sentence, in a rumpled heap at 4 in the afternoon. Ian is such a different kid, with different ways of needing me right now. But, mostly he's very happy, as is Emma, and for that I am grateful.
I had the kids draw a picture of themselves which I taped in the upstairs hallway. We wrote down everything they need to remember to do each morning before school. I need to remember to do this more, visual reminders are so much better than verbal ones from me (which usually need to be said at least 3 times).
Time to sew...and I'm currently at a loss as to what to sew.